The tropical climate of Thailand that blended both the indoor and outdoor environments together with the use of an outdoor terrace and open-plan living inspired the fundamental design of the villas. An important element for cooling in the tropical heat with high ceilings, windows and large terrace doors was natural ventilation. Due to villa ownership from Spain, the Mediterranean culture was a major style influence to the tropical house. A direct echo of the modernized fincas of the Spanish Balearic Islands was the crisp white walls and use of polished concrete. But, incorporating local Thai elements such as native timber details and products, the care was taken. The use of molded polished concrete features for elements such as sofa bases, bed bases and wet areas became an easy to clean surfaces for rental villas.
A modern design and a fascinating retreat, designed and owned by Christina was Saenz de Santamaria Casas del Sol. Casas del Sol was officially opened on the island of Koh Tao, Thailand, offering a refreshing new definition of the luxury beach bungalow experience. Created by Australian Interior Designer, Christina Saenz de Santamaria, these contemporary villas was known as ‘Boutique Beach Chic’. It meant understated luxury within a modern tropical design that captures the sensory island experience of sea, sun and stars. Casas del Sol were five individually designed beach villas. Self-catered accommodation was offered in an ideal location of the island that was central and convenient yet private and tranquil. Each two-bedroom villa, views of the open ocean, island and sunsets, were offered. Four of the five villas, there was a private swimming pool on the terrace.
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